EMOTIONS AND MEDITATION
Swamiji: Meditate every day alone.
Everything will open up of itself During meditation, suppress the emotional side altogether. That is a great source of danger. Those that are very emotional no doubt have their Kundalini rushing quickly upwards, but it is as quick to come down as to go up. And when it does come down, it leaves the devotee in a state of utter ruin. It is for this reason that Kirtanas [the singing of devotional songs] and other auxiliaries to emotional development have a great drawback. It is true that by dancing and jumping, etc. through a momentary impulse, that power is made to course upwards, but it is never enduring. On the contrary when it traces Backits course, it rouses violent lust in the individual. But this happens simply owing to a lack of steady practice in meditation and concentration.
Disciple: Sir, in no scriptures have I ever read these secrets of spiritual practice. Today I have heard quite new things.
Swamiji: Do you think the scriptures contain all the secrets of spiritual practice? These are being handed down secretly through a succession of Gurus and disciples. Don’t leave out a single day. If you have too much pressing work, go through the spiritual exercises for at least a quarter of an hour. Can you reach the goal without a steadfast devotion, my son? (W. 254-55)